On Writing and Feeling Like a Fraud

This morning, I tweeted a picture of the new tea mug* Chad got me. It’s got this Dork Tower by John Kovalic on it, and apparently it struck a cord because my tweet got retweeted, favorited, and quoted, and those tweets themselves got retweeted, favorited, and quoted several times. When … Continue reading

Steps to Everywhere

NOTE: This geocache blog might contain spoilers. As with all things geocaching, proceed at your own risk. Chad and I finally got a chance to do some more geocaching last Saturday. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and we knocked out six easy caches in downtown Kernersville. Because this post … Continue reading

Death Spiral No More, and Three K’ville Caches

So, I’d only planned to do a geocache blog post, but I have bigger news than that. I FINISHED A STORY! I haven’t done that since “Through Ashes Returned”, which garnered me a very nice rejection letter that sent me into a tailspin that’s lasted — oh, dear — about … Continue reading

A Bridge Not Too Far

Snagged another geocache after work last night. Just one. It was a little less than a mile from the house, so we took advantage of the gorgeous weather to skip the gym and walk to the cache site instead. Of course, we were a fair ways from the house when … Continue reading

Reflections on my First #NaNoWriMo

It’s December 1st, which means that midnight last night was pencils down and check your word count for hundreds of thousands of writers participating in NaNoWriMo. For once, I was one of them. I didn’t manage to write 50,000 words, but I did knock out a little over 21,000. And … Continue reading

The Writing Don’ts

During his “Redline Your Writing” talk at the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop, David L. Robbins gave attendees his list of “Don’ts” — things to avoid to make your stories their best. 1. Don’t switch POV in the middle of a scene. I mentioned this one in my post “The … Continue reading

The Telling is Separate from the Story

In my last post I covered what David L. Robbins taught us about the first half of being a storyteller — the story — during his “Redline your Writing” talk at the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop. Today we’re going to focus on what David said about the second half … Continue reading

The Firetrucks Have to Be Going to Your House

Wow, has it really been that long since my last blog post? Sorry about that. When I went to the doctor for my annual checkup, they thought an extended poking and prodding would be great fun this year. It’s been a bit distracting. Still, even though they aren’t quite done … Continue reading

The Importance of POV

In my last post about the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop, I revealed David L. Robbins’ bombshell that “write what you know” is a lie. This time I’m going to share his advice about what he considers the most important thing to know about writing: POV. In a story, David … Continue reading

The Common Writing Advice that’s All Wrong

I wrapped up my last blog post with the promise of a shocking revelation from David L. Robbins’ “Redline your Writing” panel at the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop. You might want to sit down for this one. Are you ready for it? Are you sure? Here goes… “Write what … Continue reading